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Take precautions to prevent fires from 9-volt batteries

By June Watanabe

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 10, 2014

~~<p><strong>Question:</strong> I was watching a YouTube video in which a gentleman with a smoke detector took the 9-volt batteries out and just threw them into his rubbish container. Guess what? His house caught fire. It turns out that when your batteries run out, there's still a charge in there. So the recommendation is that you take electrical tape and put it over the heads of the batteries. Can you let people in Hawaii know they can prevent fires if they would just take the initiative and tape their batteries before throwing them into the trash?</p>
<p><strong>Answer:</strong> We asked the Honolulu Fire Department whether it had any recommendations about disposing of 9-volt batteries, which can be found in most homes, in smoke alarms, toys and other household items.</p>
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Question: I was watching a YouTube video in which a gentleman with a smoke detector took the 9-volt batteries out and just threw them into his rubbish container. Guess what? His house caught fire. It turns out that when your batteries run out, there's still a charge in there. So the recommendation is that you take electrical tape and put it over the heads of the batteries. Can you let people in Hawaii know they can prevent fires if they would just take the initiative and tape their batteries before throwing them into the trash?

Answer: We asked the Honolulu Fire Department whether it had any recommendations about disposing of 9-volt batteries, which can be found in most homes, in smoke alarms, toys and other household items. Login for more...



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